Why don’t planes fly over the Holy Kaaba?

You might have seen some people asking why don’t planes fly over the Holy Kaaba in Makkah? Why birds don’t sit on the Holy Kaaba? Why don’t birds fly over the Holy Kaaba? Why is there no airport in Makkah? Here are all the answers.

Why don’t planes fly over the Holy Kaaba?

There are 3 possible answers to all the questionس we have raised in the first paragraph. I will cover them one by one in the article.

  1. No planes fly over the Holy Kaaba because there is no airport in the city of Makkah.
  2. The second reason airplanes don’t fly over the Holy Kaaba is due to the fact that the Saudi government has categorized the city of Makkah as a non-flying zone for commercial flights for its respect.
  3. The third reason for not allowing planes to fly over the Holy Kaaba and Makkah is that Non-Muslims are not allowed to travel to Makkah. If you allow airplanes to travel, there would be many Non-Muslims crossing Makkah in the air.

why can't planes fly over the kaaba

Why is there no airport in Makkah?

Makkah is one of the cities of the world which tends to grab most tourists throughout the year! The Hajj and Umrah pilgrims have to reach Makkah to offer their rituals. So why is there no airport in Makkah?

Well, it isn’t that they cannot afford an airport there or so. There are 2 possible reasons for not having an airport in Makkah.

why planes don't fly over kaaba

  1. Makkah is near to Jeddah 

The first and simple reason is that Makkah is at a distance of around 90Km from Jeddah. It would not be a suitable idea to construct a new airport in Makkah and overcrowd it with the flight’s crew, transit passengers, and other support staff.

  1. Makkah magnetic field

The second possible reason for not constructing an airport in Makkah or the reason why planes don’t fly over the Holy Kaaba could be the Makkah Magnetic Field. 

Makkah magnetic field

Why don’t birds fly over the Holy Kaaba?

Flying planes is a different thing but there is no reality behind the claim that birds don’t or can’t fly over the Holy Kaaba. I have seen different birds flying over and above the Holy Kaaba many times. You can also witness in the video shown below, some birds are flying over the Holy Kaaba.

Why birds don’t sit on the Holy Kaaba?

Once again, there is no reality in the claims made by people that birds don’t sit on the Holy Kaaba. I have seen many times pigeons sitting on the roof of the Holy Kaaba.

why birds don't sit on kaaba

What is the Makkah magnetic field?

If you recall the wonders of the world, one of the wonders is that the Holy Kaaba is located in the center of the world. Yes, it is exactly in the middle of the earth: not an inch left or right!

So, if you have gone through some basic physics, you must know that the earth is actually a gravitational field and that the center of such a field has the most gravity and is the hub of magnetic charges.

So being the magnetic center, the layers of the earth above it creates a vacuum upon them. This could be one of the reasons why planes don’t fly over the Holy Kaaba.

Helicopter flying over the Holy Kaaba

However, many people criticize the concept of the Makkah magnetic field. We have seen security helicopters flying around the Holy Kaaba during Hajj and Ramadan. If there is a magnetic field and airplanes cannot cross that field, how can helicopters fly there?

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.